Colombia: Pixelazo New Media Urban Lab and Medellín Blogger Meetup

Colombia has been enjoying a flurry of new media-related activities. Last week was the MedalloBloguero (the city of Medellin´s blog community) beers and blogs, where Colombian bloggers in the city got to meet each other, talk, and share drinks. A guest visitor from Bogota, Victor Solano took pictures and posted a slideshow of the event.

Another new project is the new Colombia Podcast website created by Juan Ospina, which not only has an amazing list of Colombian podcasts, but also has interviews with the creators of some of the most popular Colombian podcasts, and includes guides to using, making and uploading your own online products.
June also brought the 2nd edition of Pixelazo, continuing the process begun last February. This time. the workshops are taking place in the Comuna 2, Barrio Santa Cruz la Rosa. Juhuu from Pixelache, who's visiting Medellín from Finland wrote:

The first Pixelazo workshop (VJ workshop by Visual Systeemi) started today in Barrio Santa Cruz la Rosa in Medellin, Colombia. Rest of the program this week features a workshop on blogging by Alejandro Tamayo & Régine Debatty, music workshop by Bicho Vargas (Bogota), streaming workshop by Antena Mutante (Bogota), three conferences with presentations by Medellín Wireless, recycling project eRECICLAJE, radio and other media projects of indigenous tribe Nasa and many others… The week finishes with two fiestas featuring local acts like Systema Solar and demonstrations of the music and VJ workshops results.

The streaming workshop has a blog where there will be a live transmission during the event on Saturday June 23rd [ES]:

Taller teórico-practico, que pretende dar las herramientas básicas de streaming durante la preparación de una transmisión. Para esto se proponen cuatro jornadas de trabajo que incluirán la preparación de material de audio y video, conceptos teóricos de flujo de información y de las redes, además de la capacitación técnica necesaria para llevar acabo un stream. El taller culminará con una transmisión desde el Parque de las Luces durante el evento El Pixelazo Bailable a realizarse sábado 23 de junio.

The theoretic-practical workshop aspires to provide the basic tools for streaming while preparing for transmission. For this, there will be four days of work which will include the preparation of audio and video material, theory on information flow, networks and the technical know-how necessary to stream. The workshop will end with a live transmission from the “Park of Lights” during the Pixelazo Dance to take place on Saturday June 23rd.

Following is a short video interview with Pixelazo organizer Vanessa Gocksch from Intermundos [ES], edited by Jorge from Fábrica de Cosas [ES]:

The Pixelazo Blog Workshop blog is up and running.

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